Pensions

Mismatch in Centre, state’s elderly data

Summary: However, the state data shows that the number of elderly people aged 80 years and above is just 40,000.When asked, officials of the social welfare directorate said that the error is due to the “faulty software” and it will be rectified soon.
“The software upgraded the age of senior citizens in a faulty manner.
As a result farmers are not receiving their pensions on time.
Sources in the social welfare department said that there are as many as 21,833 farmers across the state, who are eligible for Rs 1,000 as pension every month.However, against the sanctioned amount of Rs 6.55 crore for the scheme, the department has received only Rs 1.75 crore.
NAINITAL: Owing to the vast difference between the state and the central government data on the number of people aged 80 years and above, the government is facing difficulties in implementing various pension schemes.Officials, however, blamed the faulty software for the discrepancies.The central government portal for National Social Assistance Programme has listed 1.40 lakh senior citizens above 80 years who are eligible for pension of Rs 1,000 per month.

NAINITAL: Owing to the vast difference between the state and the central government data on the number of people aged 80 years and above, the government is facing difficulties in implementing various pension schemes.Officials, however, blamed the faulty software for the discrepancies.The central government portal for National Social Assistance Programme has listed 1.40 lakh senior citizens above 80 years who are eligible for pension of Rs 1,000 per month. However, the state data shows that the number of elderly people aged 80 years and above is just 40,000.When asked, officials of the social welfare directorate said that the error is due to the “faulty software” and it will be rectified soon. “The software upgraded the age of senior citizens in a faulty manner.

We are working on the problem and it will be rectified soon.”According to data available with the state social welfare department, Nainital district has the highest number of senior citizens above 80 years (10,924), followed by Almora (4,762), Udham Singh Nagar (3,159), Pithoragarh (3,015), Champawat (1,094), Bageshwar (930).Various social welfare directorate schemes are tangled in different problems, thus making their implementation difficult.Despite the Uttarakhand government having a pension scheme for elderly farmers with land holdings of less than two acres, the money is not reaching the beneficiaries. Sources in the social welfare department said that there are as many as 21,833 farmers across the state, who are eligible for Rs 1,000 as pension every month.However, against the sanctioned amount of Rs 6.55 crore for the scheme, the department has received only Rs 1.75 crore. As a result farmers are not receiving their pensions on time..

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/mismatch-in-centre-states-elderly-data/articleshow/59825588.cms

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